U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $4,509,000 in grant funding to 27 health centers in Oregon, nine of which are in Oregon’s Second District.
Health centers in Boardman, Klamath Falls, Medford, La Pine, Prineville, Hood River, Grants Pass, and Enterprise will receive a combined total of $1,503,000 in federal funds, which will help combat the deadly opioid epidemic by enabling local health centers to increase availability of mental health and substance use disorder services.
“The opioid and substance use disorder crisis has hit every community across our great state and nation. Combating this deadly epidemic is no small task and requires an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Walden. “This money is just one important aspect of the fight. Combined with the initiatives in the SUPPORT for Patents and Communities Act – my bill that became law last year – other grant funding our state has received, the hard work of medical professionals and law enforcement working on the front lines of this crisis, and continued support from the Administration, we are doing more than ever before to get help to our communities. As Republican leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I will continue to work hard and lead the way on combating the opioid and substance use disorder problem.”